"The media play a critical role in countering official corruption and organized crime by exposing criminal practices and behavior to the harsh judgment of the public. It takes dedication and courage to print the facts about corrupt officials and expose the truth about the poisonous influence of organized crime. The journalists we honor here today have taken personal and professional risks to tell their stories, and I salute all of you. I also commend Coalition 2000 for organizing this competition and for encouraging excellence among the media community. I congratulate this year's winners and all those in the Bulgarian media who are working hard to report on corruption and organized crime."
James W. Pardew, Ambassador of the US to Bulgaria, 2005 Journalism Awards Ceremony of Coalition 2000, 31 March 2005, Sofia
Anticorruption Reforms in Bulgaria The report makes an overview of the conducted anticorruption reforms in Bulgaria since 1997 and analyses the spheres of penetration, as well as the levels and dynamics of corruption in the Bulgarian society and presents the major achievements and problems of anticorruption reforms. It also defines the challenges for the conducting of anticorruption reforms, which ensue from the pending accession